CPS on the Move in Massachusetts

CPS Board Members Louis Kruger and Ann O’Halloran were invited to Bristol Community College in Fall River to speak to a group of teachers about the MCAS and show Lou’s film. Herald News Reporter Will Richmond covered the meeting.

Northeastern professor blasts MCAS system


Dave Souza|Herald News

Louis Kruger, a psychology professor at Northeastern University, recently spoke against MCAS exams during a talk entitled “Children Left Behind” at Bristol Community College.

By Will Richmond
Herald News Staff Reporter

From left, retired teacher John Cummings, Ann O'Halloran, Lou Kruger, Rep. David Sullivan.

As the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam continues to grow, so does support for removing the tests as a graduation requirement.

With a group made up primarily of current and retired teachers in attendance, Louis Kruger, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, recently spoke about how the MCAS exam is impacting students during a presentation titled “Children Left Behind” at Bristol Community College.

Kruger said the exam — which has increased to include a science component and future social science questions in addition to the existing math and English language arts problems — are an unfair way to measure a student’s academic preparedness.

“Every professional organization that has anything to do with testing says the same thing: that it shouldn’t use one test to determine ability,” Kruger said. “Every test has it flaws, and if you rely on one test some people who are very capable won’t be able to pass the test.”

The full article is here.